A Reston man who allegedly was in possession of an arsenal of weapons and a detailed map of a New York military installation is facing both state and federal charges in New Jersey.
Lloyd R. Woodson, 43, whose last-known address was on Generation Drive in Reston, is in custody in Somerset County, N.J. According to the Somerset County prosecutor's office, he was arrested early in the morning of Jan. 25, after a struggle with police officers in Branchburg, N.J.
"He is being charged with being a convicted felon in possession of weapons and faces imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of $250,000 on the federal charge," said U.S. Attorney Andrew D. Kogan. Court records show that Woodson was convicted on a previous weapons charge in New York in 1997, making him a felon.
A Quick Chek convenience store clerk called police after noticing "a black male wearing a military jacket was inside the store and was acting in a suspicious manner," Prosecutor Wayne J. Forrest said in a statement. According to the release, police arriving at the scene noticed the man's "back was flat," which led them to believe he could be wearing a bulletproof vest.
After the man, later identified as Woodson, was asked by police to raise his hands, he ran and was tackled by police, the prosecutor's statement said.
Branchburg police said in addition to the bulletproof vest, Woodson was in possession of a concealed Bushmaster semiautomatic .223-caliber assault rifle, which had been altered to fire .50-caliber ammunition, and four additional loaded magazines, all containing ball type and hollow point ammunition. Police also said the rifle had a defaced serial number.
Federal court records state that after waiving his Miranda rights, Woodson consented to a search of a hotel room at the Red Mill Inn where he was staying. The search uncovered another Bushmaster .308-caliber semiautomatic assault rifle with a defaced serial number; a grenade launcher; a rifle-mountable night vision scope; a police scanner; a military-style backpack; a map of the Fort Drum military base in upstate New York; and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
Court records state that Woodson admitted purchasing the weapons in New York, bringing them to Reston, and then taking them to New Jersey.
Prosecutors have not said whether Woodson has divulged a motive, but the FBI has cleared him of terrorist ties.
"Lloyd Woodson does not appear to have any connections to known terrorist groups, nor any terrorist plot. However, the FBI is still investigating," FBI spokesman Bryan L. Travers said.
Woodson remains jailed in Somerset County on nine state weapons charges, including possession of armor-penetrating bullets. On Jan. 26, a New Jersey state judge set his bail at $75,000.
On Friday, Woodson appeared in federal court to face charges there.
"Even if he should attempt to make bail at the county level, we have a detainer on him for the federal charge, so he will not be released," said U.S. Attorney's office spokesman Greg Reinert.